Alex Noren and Webb Simpson shared the lead at 66, with Justin Thomas among those one stroke back. He holed a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 11 and hit a wedge over the bunker to 4 feet for birdie on No. 13.
"I live here. It's just a shame what people are doing now, and all the countless lives that we've lost for absolutely no reason at all", Woods said.
Hicks has volunteered at the tournament for more than ten years.
Woods double bogeyed the third hole, one of only two par-5s at PGA National, when he yanked his approach shot left of the green.
Nick Faldo once said that when he helped Woods into the green jacket at the 1997 Masters, he thought at the time it might be the only major Woods could win because Augusta National creates a buffer zone - no press, no photographer, practically nobody inside the ropes except players and caddies.
Only two Australians are in the field this week - Greg Chalmers and Adam Scott.
His form in Florida offers particular encouragement though as his five starts in the Sunshine State reading back from last year's Players Championship show 6-7-18-21-27. He finished his front 9 with a 1-under 34.
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Noren is a nine-time victor on the European Tour who is No. 16 in the world, though he has yet to make a connection among American golf fans - outside of Stillwater, Oklahoma, from his college days at Oklahoma State - from not having fared well at big events. Noren spends time in South Florida during the winter, so he's getting used to this variety of putting surfaces.
"To get a win under your belt going into it does make you feel a bit better but you don't have to". "So it's been great".
"I played hard today".
Tiger Woods flips his club after a putt on the 15th green, but considering the conditions at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., did well to end up with 70. He was just like everyone else that day - carts on paths only. Where there's not a bunker, there's thick, juicy rough to penalize wayward shots.
As for Woods, he continues to make too many mistakes, including a double-bogey seven on the par-five third, and his driving remains far too inconsistent to seriously start challenging for victories again. "Yeah, but there were how many holes still to go?" he later said with a smile. "That's the way it goes". He took a four-shot lead into the final round - to date one of only two occasions that Fowler has managed to convert a 54-hole lead - and, such was his dominance, even a one-over-par final round saw him win by four. His tee shot at the par-3 17th landed in the water - and he needed three shots to get the ball out.
He answered with a birdie and made pars the rest of the way. I've enjoyed every single challenge and having to sit out on the sidelines is not fun - especially since I know the golf course. Tiger Woods is also playing this week and has 66/1 odds to win.
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